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Under the direction of Mrs. Kristy West, students from Walton Middle School's Career class delivered Christmas cheer to Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center residents.  Beforehand, students donated items to fill over forty gift baskets.  On Thursday, December 15th, the class hand-delivered the baskets during the center's annual Christmas party.  The experience was a rewarding experience for both students and residents. Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.

VFW Patriot's Pen Winners

December 16, 2016

The Patriot's Pen Competition, sponsored by VFW, focused on "The America I Believe In" this year. Grade 6-8 students submit a 300-400 type written essay for this topic.  Winners for this competition were all from Walton Middle School and are as follows; Atterol Walters, 3rd Place (left), Deseria Boyer, 2nd Place (center) and Andrew Ellis, 1st Place (right).  These students will be recognized at the January 3rd School Board Meeting at 5:00 P.M. at which time they will receive their monetary awards and certificates from the local VFW. Congratulations to these students. Submitted by Donna Honish.

During the weeks of November 28th-December 14th, WDE students were challenged to earn as many 100’s on Accelerated Reader tests as possible. The catch was students were working for a reward for their teacher! Mr. Andy Stafford, a fifth grade teacher, was the recipient of a car detail cleaning! His students made 100% on 515 books during that time. That was an average of 24.5 tests per student. During that time, WDE earned close to 5,000  points for AR. Congratulations to all of the students and teachers! Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

WCSD Students, Faculty and Staff are out for Christmas & New Year's Holidays beginning on Wednesday, December 21, 2016, we have school Monday, December 19th and Tuesday, December 20th.  On Monday, January 2, 2017, there is a teacher work day and on Tuesday, January 3, 2017,  there is a teacher professional development day so students are out both of these days.  Students should return to school on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.  Have a Safe and Happy Holiday!

MakerSpace students are learning computer programming skills using Sphero robotic balls. The students programmed Sphero to move in a square, change colors, and learned to put geometry skills into practice. The MakerSpace group is an afterschool club composed of about 60 students in 4th and 5th grade. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

4th grade students in Mrs. McLaney and Mrs. Adams’ classes participated in the Pirates Christmas program on December 13, 2016.  The play was about Santa and his Elves taking a well-deserved vacation from the North Pole to their “Island Christmas”. When out of nowhere Pirates come and surround them singing “Pirates All Are We”. These pirates know nothing about Christmas and end up hitching a ride with Santa to the North Pole to plunder his treasure only to find that Christmas is a time of giving, not taking. Once these pirates grasp the “true” meaning of Christmas they are able to participate in singing Blimey Carols and have A Pirates’ Christmas. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

WDE Science Fair Winners

December 14, 2016

Third through fifth grade students at West DeFuniak Elementary received science fair awards on Friday, December 9th. Awards included ribbons and cash prizes. The science projects were displayed throughout the WDE hallways for all students to enjoy. Students in K-2 participated in classroom science projects, which were also displayed.

Science Fair Winners
2016 – 2017
 
3rd Grade
 
Biological:
2nd Place:   “Taste Perception?”  (Radcliffe) Taylar Pence
1st Place:  “To Grow or Not to Grow?” (Adkinson) Ava Susenbach
 
Physical: 
Honorable Mention:
“Magnetic Moves”  (Collins)  Kiley Brooks
“ Rock Crystals”  (Simmons)  Trinity Kennemur
         
3rd place:  “Oh, I’m a Gummy Bear”  (HIcks)  Avionnah Padgett
2nd place:  “ Mummy Hotdog” (Adkinson)   Sean Stegall
1st place:  (Tie) “Lego Towers Height & Stability” (Adkinson )  Chandler Shoaf
1st place: (tie)  “Does Adding Salt to Water Make It Boil Faster?” (Collins)  Annabelle Saunders
 
4th Grade          
Biological:
Honorable Mention:
“Right Pawed or Left Pawed?”  (McLaney)   Riley Wright
 
3rd Place:  “Does Playing Video Games Effect your Heart Rate and Blood Pressure?”  (Adams) Jake Furbee  
2nd Place:  “ 3 Sugars” (Daniel) Maya Abbott
1st Place:  “Can Plants Live & Grow When Watered With Soda or Milk?” (Daniel)  Emmalee Alford
 
Physical:
Honorable Mention:  
“Which Chocolate Melts Faster?”  (McLaney)  Ellie Clemmons
“What Makes a Volcano Work?” (Carroll)  Kaylee Joiner
3rd Place: “Drinks Can Change Your Teeth  (Carroll)  Preston Fleetwood
2nd Place:  “Solar Power”  (Carroll)  Adrian Cuica
1st Place:  “What Decays Teeth Faster?”   (Carroll)   Lavaris Randle

5th Grade  

Biological: 

Honorable Mention:

Fast Music/Slow Music”  (Bush )  Nicolas Claudio

“Which Liquids Grow Plants the Best?”  (Allen)  Jackson Clemmons

“Is the Dominate Hand More Sensitive?”  (Garrett)  Caroline Dawkins

“Does Exercise Lower Blood Glucose Level?”  (Garrett)  Allie Saunders

3rd Place:  “Nothin’ But Net ”  (Garrrett) Arya Patel

2nd Place:  “It Grew Where?”  (Stafford) Sam LeCroix

1st Place:  “Germs, Germs, Everywhere”  (Garrett)  Raleigh Reed

5th Grade    

Physical

Honorable Mention:

“Dirty Water, No Problem”  (Garrett)  Jackson Anderson

“Hard Water”  (Garrett)   Joseph Fleetwood

“What Type of Water Evaporates the Fastest?”    (Garrett)     Avan Price                                   

3rd Place:  “Produce Power”   (Garrett)   Callie Hulion

2nd Place:  “ Solar Hopper ”  (Stafford)  Aaron Wilmoth

1st Place:  “Stronger Than A Board ”   (Garrett)  Chris Laird

Principal’s Award:

“Can Smelling One Thing While Tasting Another Impact Taste? ” (Bush)  Elena Vazquez DeRyke

Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.